It is intended to be used as a take-away piece when Economic Development Director, Jody Gunderson, and others meet with business folks and investors considering moving a business to or starting a business in Northfield.
It’s a classy-looking, well-done brochure (and that’s not just because he used some of my photos). I don’t know how much it cost. Anyone?
I think it would be helpful if there was a web-friendly version of the PDF posted to the City’s Doing Business in Northfield page so that anyone could download it and print it out. (The above two PDFs are print-oriented.)
The EDA had a customized website a while back. See Ross Currier’s Jan. 2005 NDDC blog post with a screenshot. The EDA also has two domain names that it doesn’t use: northfieldeda.com and northfieldeda.org. Both redirect. They used them for a while, as is evident in this 2007 EDA brochure.
On our radio show/podcast this week, Councilor Rhonda Pownell complained about the EDA’s web pages. We didn’t discuss it in detail but I later wondered if she knew the history of the City’s web site.
led paid for the revamping of the City’s website back in 2005. It cost approximately $80,000+ with a big chunk of that coming from the cable TV fund. Livefront was the contractor. Here’s their 132-page July 2005 draft titled Research & Recommendations For The City of Northfield Web Site Redesign.
Within two years, the complaints about the city’s web site were mounting. See Tracy’s Sept. 2007 blog post. I’ve been whining about it ever since.
I don’t have a recommendation, but if the Council wants to improve its communications with the citizenry, it has to be part of the solution.